Robert Bateman is a man of ideas and ideals . . . a magnificent story-teller who touches our hearts and makes the natural world vivid, brush stroke by brush stroke. An artist, an environmentalist and a teacher, he creates paintings that educate while they illuminate and entertain.
Robert Bateman's works are found in many art museums as well as in the collections of Prince Philip and Prince Charles. He has had a large number of museum shows - the most spectacular of which drew record-breaking crowds at the Smithsonian Institution.
Active in naturalists clubs and conservation organizations back in the 1960s, Robert Bateman is a man who not only understands what sustainability is about; he conveys it - and has done so since long before most of the world had even heard the word.
Born in 1930, Robert Bateman grew up in Toronto. As a young man, he travelled the world by Land Rover and, from 1963 to 1965, taught high school in Nigeria where his first son was born. Robert Bateman continued teaching until the mid-1970's when his art had attracted such an enormous following that he decided to pursue it full time.
Five major books with millions of copies in print have been written about the life and work of Robert Bateman and there are more on the way. The subject of several films and television shows, he has also had three schools named after him.
Robert Bateman's honours and awards are numerous and include Officer of the Order of Canada, the Order of British Columbia, the Rachel Carson Award, Human Rights Defender Award from Amnesty International and eleven honorary doctorates from Canadian and American universities.
Robert Bateman once said that if he had to dream up the perfect fit between an institution and his art, his philosophy and his life, he could not have come up with a better connection than Royal Roads. He is the inspiration and driving force behind the creation of the Robert Bateman Centre at Royal Roads University.
For honouring us with the distinction of housing the largest single collection of the world's most celebrated contemporary wildlife artist.
For educating us and entertaining us and enlightening us all at the same, Chancellor, it is indeed an honour to present Robert Bateman for the degree, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.